Our fielding was exceptional: Tendulkar

Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 12:24 [IST]
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Our fielding was exceptional: Tendulkar

"Rohit batted brilliantly to rally the side and then Harbhajan bowled fantastic but I think fielding was unbelievable and we saved a lot of runs. It was a spectacular show in fielding," Tendulkar said after the match.

Rohit Sharma smashed 87 from just 48 balls to take MI to 164/4 after the home side were 13/2 in the fourth over. Harbhajan then scalped this season's second five wicket haul with 5/18 to limit CSK to 156/9.

Tendulkar said his side were 10-15 runs short but they knew they could win the game with a good bowling and fielding performance.

"May be we were short by 10-15 runs. But we said 165 is defendable if we field well and bowled tight. Our catching was very good and ground fielding also brilliant," he said.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the difference between the two teams was the fielding and Mumbai had been better in that department.

"Our batting and fielding were good but fielding made the difference. Mumbai fielded brilliantly, they took two crucial catches (by Kieron Pollard and Rohit)," said Dhoni.

"The asking rate kept on rising towards the home stretch and we lost wickets in a heap. We have not been able to finish matches when we should have done. We have to make amends of this," he said.

Oneindia Cricket

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